According to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice, a home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a house, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of that house.
Imagine a home inspector with both hands tied behind the inspector’s back. The home inspector is essentially restricted in this way while performing a visual-only inspection, which is not invasive or technically exhaustive.
Just like the engine of an automobile, a house works as a system of interdependent parts. Every part has an impact on the operation of many others. A typical home has over 10,000 systems and components and they’re all connected in some way. What happens when everything works together in the most desirable, optimal way? The homeowner is rewarded with a house that is durable, comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient.
Home maintenance is a primary responsibility for every homeowner. Staying on top of a seasonal home maintenance schedule is very important, and the neighborhood InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspector can help. Minor maintenance and routine home repairs should not turn into expensive disasters later due to neglect or simply because the homeowner isn’t sure what needs to be done and when.
The first step to taking a whole-house energy-efficiency approach is to find out which parts of the house use the most energy. A home energy inspection will pinpoint those areas and provide the most effective measures for cutting energy costs. You can conduct a simple home energy inspection yourself, contact the local utility, or call an InterNACHI-Certified Energy Inspector for a more comprehensive assessment.
Even the most vigilant homeowner can, from time to time, miss small problems or forget about performing some routine home repairs and seasonal maintenance. That’s why an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection will help you keep your home in good condition and prevent it from suffering serious, long-term, and expensive damage from minor issues that should be addressed now.
People in the U.S. spend about 70% of their lives inside their homes and almost 20% in schools or other commercial buildings. These numbers suggest that the condition of the home is a primary factor in a person’s overall health. If your home has problems, your health may be suffering, too.
Of the 130 million homes in the United States in 2021:
- 30 million have a defective heating, plumbing, or electrical system;
- 12 million have problems with water leaks;
- 4 million have experienced mold problems within the last year; and
- 7 million have serious damage to the roof.
Poor housing conditions also include:
- a dilapidated exterior;
- structural problems;
- flaking paint; and
- radon gas.
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